Marijuana ad complicates delivery of Haines newspaper

Chilkat Valley News advertising director Jasmine Taylor cuts a marijuana business's ad from a recent issue of the newspaper. The U.S. Postal Service warned the Haines newspaper that the ad ran afoul of federal law.

Chilkat Valley News advertising director Jasmine Taylor cuts a marijuana business’s ad from a recent issue of the newspaper. The U.S. Postal Service warned the Haines newspaper that the ad ran afoul of federal law. (Photo courtesy Jenny-Marie Stryker/Chilkat Valley News)

A small Alaska newspaper is scrambling to distribute papers after the U.S. Postal Service raised questions about a marijuana ad.

Jenny-Marie Stryker is a reporter with the Chilkat Valley News in Haines. She says a new marijuana business took out the ad.

She says the paper didn’t realize it would be problematic until it was contacted by the Postal Service.

Marijuana is legal in Alaska but illegal on the federal level.

Stryker says the ad, at the bottom of a page, was being cut out of papers bound for out-of-town subscribers. Those in town were invited to pick theirs up. Some were delivered.

Because there were ads on the other side of the marijuana ad, the paper did not cut it out of papers distributed in person locally.

The U.S. Postal Service warned the Chilkat Valley News that this marijuana business's ad ran afoul of federal law. So the Haines newspaper staff literally cut the ad out of its papers bound for out-of-town subscribers.

The U.S. Postal Service warned the Chilkat Valley News that this marijuana business’s ad ran afoul of federal law. So the Haines newspaper staff literally cut the ad out of its papers bound for out-of-town subscribers. (Photo courtesy Jenny-Marie Stryker/Chilkat Valley News)

Correction: An earlier version of this story and its photo captions mischaracterized the postal service’s position. References to the postal service’s refusal to deliver the newspaper because of the marijuana ad have been replaced with the postal service’s warning that it violated federal law.

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